Howie photographs the Houses of Parliament

Digging through some more photographs, I found some old snaps of the Houses of Parliament in London, UK.

The second photograph is a panoramic which was composed from 49 different photographs stitched together to form one big panoramic. It took me about an hour to snap the 49 different frames and two police officers actually stopped and searched me. It was the first time I have ever been stopped and searched, and so I asked them, to their utter dismay, to fill in the stop and search form which they have to do if requested. It took them a while to go through every question, which was just enough time by that point for them to have kept me company to allow me to finish the rest of my snaps.

Do click on the panoramic for a bigger version if you’d like to see it clearer.

Howie photographs Hong Kong

It’s been a while since I’ve posted as I’ve been distracted by IRL stuff, but hopefully having dealt with those issues, I’ll be back on more. I wanted to share in the mean time some old photos I dug out and re-edited.

These shots of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong were taken from the Peak when I went there in 2012. Earlier that day, it had been pouring which meant the usual low clouds over Hong Kong had cleared, offering a stunning panoramic view of the city, the harbour, and Kowloon.

The time difference between the first and the second photographs was around 30 minutes to an hour, with the clouds dispersing in the second shot, lessening the amber hue reflected back down onto the city.

Click on the images for a bigger version of them.

Howie does a blind run of Final Fantasy XIV’s Baelsar’s Wall Dungeon

I took a day off work specifically yesterday to play Final Fantasy XIV‘s new patch 3.5 content, which was launched yesterday. A few of my friends and I decided to team up and try some of the new content blind, and I decided to record us!

So hope you enjoy the panicked screams as much as we did our first blind run of Baelsar’s Wall dungeon yesterday morning as 3.5 launched.

Thanks to Serena Clairwater, Nyra Lunesca, and Rodi Ormesang (all from Moogle) for the entertaining party!

PS: DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A BLIND RUN YOURSELF OR DON’T WANT MAIN STORY SPOILERS!

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.5: The Far Edge of Fate trailer

Square Enix at the end of last week dropped onto YouTube the trailer for Final Fantasy XIV‘s patch 3.5, The Far Edge of Fate, set to be live on 17 January 2017. The trailer looks pretty good so far, with glimpses of a new containment bay primal.

See the dedicated 3.5 page for more details at http://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/pr/special/3_5_The_Far_Edge_Of_Fate/.

Howie’s photo session with cosplayer Zelvyne

Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to have been able to get away from London to see my friend Amy, aka cosplayer and cosplay maker Zelvyne (check out her stuff, because her costumes are AMAZING!), down in the West Country. Being in the grimy wet weather of the West Country, I couldn’t resist asking Amy to help find a suitable location in the hills for a wet, grimy, and muddy location shoot with her upgraded Lara Croft cosplay.

We did shoots on two days: day one was grimy, wet, rainy, and cold; day two was sunny, a little drier, and cold. Sorry, Amy, for making you freeze out there in the hills!

I played with some action shots too but wasn’t sure which I liked most, so I threw all of them together and ended up with three short animations. If I had to choose, I would go with the second one, with the slight kicking away of leaves.

I have to say I am loving shooting on locations away from cons. It gives the whole scene a rather authentic feel about it, rather than having an obviously con background. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have pictures from a con and all, but I think I prefer the idea of a good background to really add the environment for the photos. Plus, it’s a good excuse to travel around.

Massive thank you to Amy for humouring me, being my guinea pig, and entertaining me during my trip to the West Country!!!

Howie’s photo session with cosplayer Costumed Hero (part 2)

It’s been a hectic post-con fortnight unfortunately, but having gone through some more photos which I shot at October’s London MCM, I managed to find some more nice shots of cosplayer Costumed Hero, with her partner, Courtney. It was very handy that they were both quite laid back and not serious at all, which made for quite a playful few photos.

Howie’s photo session with cosplayer HiddenRozel

I ended up doing a totally unprepared and impromptu shoot with Fern, aka cosplayer HiddenRozel, on the day 2 of October 2016 MCM London. Fern was happy and bouncy, whilst I was wondering what the hell was going on, or who the hell was she meant to be (although I will add this was not due to the fact her costume was not recognisable – I just had not seen the anime from which she was cosplaying)! I later found out she was cosplaying Suigintou from Rozen Maiden.

With nothing to go on but the big sword which Fern had as a prop, there was only one thing I could think of doing. I did some research as to what this Suigintou was all about, and man is she a dark character! So… sword  play and ominous it’ll be!

Howie’s photo session with cosplayer Costumed Hero

Another of my shoots this year was with Harriet, aka cosplayer Costumed Hero, sporting her Mad Hatter cosplay. Harriet and her cosplays have been featured in NEO Magazine before, so am really happy that I got a chance to have Harriet as a guinea pig for doing shoots. We even managed to drag a White Rabbit cosplayer into our shoot!

I wasn’t too sure where I was going to go with the Mad Hatter set of photos, but finally decided to go for a bit of high contrast high key editing to give it that surreal and dreamy look.

Howie’s photo session with cosplayer Yel Zamor

My attempts at doing photos this year brought me to a cosplayer called Yel Zamor, aka cosplayer Cos Moustache, cosplaying as a post-apocalyptic version of DC’s Captain Cold. To be honest, I was quite nervous when doing this shoot because this was a character about whom I knew very little, and my pre-con research only brought up very limited ideas in terms of putting something together for a shoot. Lucky Yel was more than happy to help me out with more information about the characters and more ideas though, and I managed to get some quite amazing photos back from the Captain Cold shoot with Yel. I gave Yel’s series of photos a post-apocalyptic dusty look. Oh and as a bonus, I’m giving Yel’s series a little animation as an apology for making Yel run about like a crazy person multiple times!

“Yel, can you run along the wall… again.”